The Defense Department will lead the hubs, which will receive $140 million in federal funding and a similar financial commitment from businesses and universities, the White House says. The Detroit-area institute will focus on lightweight and modern metals manufacturing, and the Chicago counterpart on digital manufacturing and design.
The White House Thursday enlisted the public in the fight against patent trolls, calling for companies, experts and the general public to help patent examiners find relevant prior art to determine whether the invention is truly novel.
President Obama's fiscal 2015 budget request won't include a proposal that would have trimmed cost of living increases for Social Security benefits. Using chained CPI would have saved the federal government $230 billion over ten years, then-Office of Management and Budget Acting Director Jeffrey Zients said in an April 10 press conference.
Before businesses can clear their goods for import or export, they have to submit documents, often on paper, to an assortment of federal agencies. The ITDS would let them submit all the required data electronically and all in one place. The system would then distribute the data to the agencies that need it.
A coalition of advocacy groups criticized the Obama administration for revisions it proposed to the Digital Accountability and Transparency Act in a Feb. 11 letter to the president.
For bioterrorism to draw the level of attention that nuclear terrorism has received will require a concerted effort from the White House, said Robert Kadlec, formerly the special assistant to the president for biodefense. "It really does take some leadership at the very top," Kadlec, who served under President George W. Bush, told a House Homeland Security subcommittee during a hearing Feb. 11.
The federal government today released a framework for cybersecurity meant for voluntary adoption within the private sector while acknowledging that work remains to be done in constructing incentives for adoption, and within the framework itself. Framework development has been a year-long effort under the tutelage of NIST, which received a mandate through an cybersecurity executive order.
Federal agencies learned new approaches to accountability amid their effort to oversee massive spending on grants under the 2009 stimulus law, a review by the Government Accountability Office found.
The House passed a bill Friday that would impose stringent new reporting requirements on the Health and Human Services Department whenever any healthcare exchange created under the Affordable Care Act suffers a data breach. The White House opposes the bill.
Rand Beers has left the Homeland Security Department for the White House, to become an adviser to President Obama. After Janet Napolitano resigned and until Secretary Jeh Johnson was confirmed, Beers served as the acting secretary at DHS, before which he was filling in as acting deputy secretary.